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Journey to 1860’s Victorian London with His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta for today’s Deadly Destination. Check out this steampunk world that has been changed by a group of time travelers. His Clockwork Canary is the second novel in the Glorious Victorious Darcys series and it was released on June 4, 2013 from Signet/Penguin.
Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of His Clockwork Canary and a steampunk canary necklace. This contest is provided by Beth Ciotta!
A Delightfully Sensationalized Introduction to The Glorious Victorious Darcys
As told by: The Clockwork Canary
You’ve heard of The Glorious Victorious Darcys. Twin brothers Jules and Simon, and their younger sister, Amelia. No? Curious that. Since joining the global Race for Rejuvenation their extraordinary adventures have been the talk of every skytown.
Well then certainly you are familiar with their father, Reginald Darcy, known formally as Lord Ashford. Yes, yes, you know. The mad inventor who blew himself up whilst building a rocket ship destined for the moon. Come now, you must have read . . . But it was on the front page of every tabloid and broadsheet in London. In fact, as lead pressman for the London Informer I wrote a piece . . . never mind.
Perhaps this will help. The Darcys I speak of are distant cousins of Briscoe Darcy. What do you mean you’ve never heard of him? Briscoe Darcy. The infamous Time Voyager? Gads, man! Have you suffered a recent blow to the head? Consumed a hallucinogenic drug?
Never fear, I can set your memory to rights. Let us start with the basics. How our world came to be.
Spectacularly Astonishing and Illuminating Historical Facts (sort of)
1851 – Great Britain. The Great Exhibition is held at the Crystal Palace. Prince Albert encourages the celebration of inventions and technology.
Engineer/Visionary Briscoe Darcy introduces his one-of-kind time machine, vowing to journey forward in time and to return with a futuristic marvel. He vanishes in front of thousands of people’s eyes never to be seen again. Historically, Darcy is known as: The Time Voyager.
1856 (A leap year) A caravan of 20th century time travelers arrive in 19th century via a time vehicle dubbed the Briscoe Bus. Their mission: To alter history for the preservation of mankind. Known as the Peace Rebels these Mods spread the message: Make love, not war.
Hungry for knowledge regarding technological marvels of the future, Prince Albert embraces the PRs causing a rift between himself and his old-fashioned wife, Queen Victoria. The PRs loose morals and advanced knowledge threaten their original goal. Random PRs are corrupted, selling knowledge to power-hungry Vics. Soon society is divided into two main factions: Old Worlders and New Worlders.
1860 The Peace War breaks out and when the dust settles…
A cross culture of the 1860s and the 1960s is born.
Or as some call it: The Victorian Age meets the Age of Aquarius.
Are you with me now?
Indeed. These are curious times. In fact, another rebellion is brewing, not that I can talk about it. Right then. Back to the Darcys. Actually, it would behoove you to read about them yourself so as not to miss out on the scandalous details. As it happens I am chronicling their adventures. Two novels of import—Her Sky Cowboy, featuring Amelia Darcy, and His Clockwork Canary, featuring Simon Darcy—a personal favorite, although I am not at liberty to say why. I am still working on Jules story.
Come now and join me for a pint in the Vulcan Grog shop. Since you are curious as to details regarding the Peace Rebels, I’ll allow you to peek inside my personal copy of the Book of Mods. What do you mean the Book of “what”? Oh, dear. Perhaps this shall be a two pint night.
Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Limiting herself to one sub-genre does not. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, and paranormal romantic fiction. “I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!”
Beth lives in New Jersey with her husband, two zany dogs, and one crazy cat. Although writing takes up most of her time, she still performs occasionally as a singer, character actress, emcee, and storyteller. To support literacy, Beth also works at her local library.
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This contest is provided by Beth Ciotta
One lucky reader will win a signed copy of His Clockwork Canary and a steampunk canary necklace
Available June 4, 2013 from Signet/Penguin
About this Book:
History is repeating itself.
For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria’s competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride—and redemption. After all, it was Simon’s failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys’ reputation.
Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from the twentieth century. The Mod technology was banned and supposedly destroyed, but Simon is sure he can re-create it.
His daring plan draws the attention of Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, London’s sensationalist reporter. Simon soon discovers that Willie is a male guise for Wilhemina Goodenough, the love of his youth, who left him jilted and bitter. He questions her motives even as he falls prey to her unique charm. As the attraction between the two reignites, Simon realizes that this vixen from his past has secrets that could be the key to his future…as long as he can put their history behind him.
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